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Water storage, environment policies hang in the balance

St. Paul, MN—As the Minnesota Legislature heads into the final stretch of the 2021 legislative session, millions of dollars for environment and natural resources spending and issues that have bipartisan support hangs in the balance due to negotiations on the Environment and Natural Resources Omnibus bill. While negotiations are normal part of the legislative process, there are a significant number of differences between the House and Senate bills that threaten to derail issues that have broad support.

Farther and son building a rain barrel

Whiskey barrels get a new lease on life

Freshwater was able to contribute to the cost of diverter kits, which include a spigot and all other parts needed to convert the donated whiskey/wine barrels to functioning rain barrels. Close to a dozen Minnesota Water Stewards pitched in to help with assembly and talk about the impact rain barrels can have for water and the community.

History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, but It Often Rhymes

 “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes” – Mark Twain A recent story aired on NPR described the water filtration systems deployed by the people in the Mayan city … Read more

World Water Day 2021

March 22 is the day to acknowledge globally that water is essential for our health – people and everything that lives on Planet Earth. Water is finite and flows through … Read more

Groundwater Governance in the Great Lakes Region: A Comparative Study with Engagement

Freshwater will lead a one-year project “Groundwater Governance in the Great Lakes Region: A Comparative Study with Engagement” funded by Chicago-based Joyce Foundation A team of researchers and facilitators from … Read more

Freshwater Supports Governor Walz’s Budget Recommendations for Clean Water Fund

St. Paul, MN. Earlier today, Governor Walz released his budget for legislative consideration, in which he followed the recommendations of the Clean Water Council for how to appropriate funding from … Read more

Meet Darby and Geri Nelson

Meet Darby and Geri! Darby and Geri Nelson are two of the kindest most generous people you’ll ever meet. Darby is an aquatic ecologist, biology professor emeritus, author, and former  … Read more

Elections Matter for Clean Water

Minnesota fresh water needs your vote! Electing people who speak for you is critical as we look to our past and future, both upstream and downstream. The people we elect … Read more

A Closer Look at Leaves

  A friend and I were “botanizing” on our Sunday walk. It turns out I have at least 5 kinds of oak, for which I am exceedingly grateful. Some types are … Read more

Ruh-Roh! (Atlas is Worried)

We usually only see the banks of this ephemeral stream on the north side of our Dakota County property when water levels are low. When the corn is high, the … Read more

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